Smiles of China | Photo Essay | Part 1

As an amateur photographer, I’ve become more refined in my approach and techniques & I sort of fancy myself as a urban/environmental/street/ enthusiast who specializes in candid portraits. Consequently, I often showcase galleries that express a wide range of emotions that are not limited to contrived poses; however, with that being said, nothing (in my opinion) beats a great shot of a naturally occurring smile. Throughout my journeys in China I was able to capture some of these magic moments and this gallery is the Smiles of China.  The smiles of China captures photos from Shanghai, Lijiang, Dali, Guilin, Yangshuo and Shangrila (Zhongdian):

 

This is a gallery featuring candid smiles from my time in China.

 

A cute child sharing a special moment with Mom – Shanghai, China

This is a gallery featuring candid smiles from my time in China.

A lovely lady smiling naturally at a local market – Lijiang, China

This is a gallery featuring candid smiles from my time in China.

A performer beaming during a Communist performance – Guilin, China

This is a gallery featuring candid smiles from my time in China.

An elderly lady flashing an authentic smile – Dali, China

This is a gallery featuring candid smiles from my time in China.

A cute girl eager to have her photo taken with her friend – Shangrila / Zhongdian, China

This is a gallery featuring candid smiles from my time in China.

This farmer takes a moment to pause for a photo (love the t-shirt too!) – Dali, China

This is a gallery featuring candid smiles from my time in China.

A lady at a local market radiating a warm smile – Lijiang, China

This is a gallery featuring candid smiles from my time in China.

This elderly gentleman smiles as he walks along the Bund – Shanghai, China

This is a gallery featuring candid smiles from my time in China.

A candid moment at the night tourist night market – Lijiang, China

This is a gallery featuring candid smiles from my time in China.

A boy flashing a smile while sitting down – Shanghai, China

This is a gallery featuring candid smiles from my time in China.

An exuberant girl jumps up and down – Shanghai, China

This is a gallery featuring candid smiles from my time in China.

A girl dressed up in traditional ethnic attire – Dali, China

This is a gallery featuring candid smiles from my time in China.

A newlywed bride smiles for the camera – Shanghai, China


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    1. I was really surprised at how friendly some of the ladies were at this particular market. I know sometimes when I’ve gone to take photos at markets I’ve been met with a cool response, but I was really lucky in this case 🙂

  3. says: Jenna

    I love this. It’s a beautiful theme, to tie a string of photos together based on smiles. I teach ESL and have many Chinese students, so I feel connected to their culture even though I’ve never been to China. They are generally happy, expressive people.

  4. says: Sherry

    A smile often adds wonders and for me its the best kind of portrait photography. Lots of great smiles in this collection. I love how you are able to capture people with their best faces present 🙂

  5. says: Chris

    Love the photos mate. Some really great shots here. Even a few candid shots too!

    How many did you ask permission to take? I find it’s a really great way to meet locals while traveling.